Robert Gardiner

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Senior Lecturer in Music Education and Programme Lead Music Education (PGCE)

Email: [email protected]

To lead and develop the PGCE program at the RNCM.

Develping research into pedagogy and initial teacher training.

Develop collaborative educational projects within the RNCM and throughout the region.

Supporting RNCM students to develop their educational experience and opportunites.

Working collaboratively with local and national educaitonal partnerships.



Robert is a professional educator specialising in whole-class music pedagogies and the combination of instrumental and curricular music education. He studied for his Bachelor degree at the RNCM, completed his PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University and the RNCM, and then his Master of Arts degree at Zurich University of the Arts.

He is a highly experienced educational practitioner, designing and implementing diverse music pedagogies in all sectors of primary, secondary and higher education. He also works in staff development, supporing schools to enable teachers to become confident music leaders. Robert has also led and directed numerous youth ensembles and choirs.

Robert is an active researcher with a particular interest in music educaiton, teacher educaiton and educaitonal policy. Recent publications have explored the connections between socio-cultural context and teachers’ identities, values and aspirations. This has focussed on various theoretical conceptulisations of teacher subjectivity and the interplay between discourse, culture, society, ideology and music educaiton.

While working as a full-time educator, Robert has maintained a professional clarinet playing career. Particular interests include contemporary performance practice.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Large group instrumental teaching
  • Individual teaching
  • Educaiton, Society and Culture
  • Artist development (2 and 3)


Postgraduate Teaching

  • Practical pedagogy
  • Research Methods in Music Education
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant – teacher education

Research Supervision

  • Anna Harrison – Masters Thesis (pending)

Selected Outputs

    Journal Articles

  • ‘To see ourselves as others see us : student teacher reflections as articulations of ideology’, Music Education Research, 22 (2020), 1.
  • Robert Gardiner, ‘Desire for Recognition and Recognition of Desire : A Theoretical Account of the Influence of Student Teacher Fantasy on Self-Efficacy’, Action , Criticism & Theory for Music Education, 19 (2020), 54.